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This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, July 16, 2018

#IMWAYR #30BookSummer July 16, 2018


Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Believe it or not, today starts my first official day of summer so in addition to discussing books on Monday, I'll also be counting them! Check out #30booksummer on twitter to see what others are reading for this challenge.

Book # 6 Middle Grade Novel in Verse


I started this book when my daughter brought it home for a class assignment this year and forgot to go back to it after she snatched it away. Fortunately it has come up on a few blogs in the past two weeks so I was reminded to go back to it. House Arrest is the story of Timothy, a boy who is on house arrest for stealing a wallet. But what you find out within the first few entries of his court appointed journal, Timothy didn't steal money for fun or to buy himself something special. He needed the money for medicine for his baby brother. A beautiful novel in verse. 

Book # 7 Middle Grade Realistic Fiction


Tristan loves living in NYC so when his parents announce they bought a house in the middle of the woods near a tiny little town to "do something different," he is less than thrilled. Since he can't start school until January, Tristian's parents decide to have him choose an independent project. Inspired by the mystery behind a sign in the General Store window that reads, "Yes, we do have chocolate cream doughnuts," even though the store sells none, Tristian has no idea that choosing doughnuts as his project will teach him so much more than starting a business. He'll also learn about friendship, fitting in, and self-worth.  I really enjoyed this novel. I'm not a baker, but I may have to try to make one of the recipes that came from this book.  

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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. 

It's Monday, what are you reading?

Monday, July 9, 2018

#IMWAYR #30BookSummer July 9, 2018


Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Believe it or not, today starts my first official day of summer so in addition to discussing books on Monday, I'll also be counting them! Check out #30booksummer on twitter to see what others are reading for this challenge.

Book # 4 Middle Grade Graphic Novel


Bina can't wait for her summer of fun after seventh grade to begin but when her best friend/next door neighbor Austin leaves for soccer camp and starts ignoring her, Bina thinks this may be one of her worst summers ever. Fortunately she has her guitar and her love of music to keep her going. I'm always looking for graphic novels to recommend to my students and this was one of my favorites. 

Book # 5 Young Adult Fantasy (Mature Audiences)


Tess of the Road takes place in the medieval kingdom of Goredd, introduced in the books Seraphina and Shadow Scale. Tess is the one of the human half sisters of Seraphina, a half dragon/half human, who is well loved in the kingdom. Unlike her half sister, no matter what Tess does, she is always in the wrong and when she falls from grace, her only hope is to find adventure chasing the legend of the world serpents.    

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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. 

It's Monday, what are you reading?

Monday, July 2, 2018

#IMWAYR #30booksummer July 2, 2018


Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Believe it or not, today starts my first official day of summer so in addition to discussing books on Monday, I'll also be counting them! Check out #30booksummer on twitter to see what others are reading for this challenge.

Book # 1 Middle Grade Fantasy


13 has lived most of his life in The Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures among other Wonderlings (part man/part animal beings) who have no family to claim them. When he befriends a groundling bird named Trinket, he realizes that he needs to find out what life is like beyond the walls of The Home and to search for his family. But the world outside is a dangerous place for a one eared groundling. 13, now called Arthur by Trinket, must face prejudice and other challenges in order to find where he belongs. An exciting, somewhat dark, story about staying hopeful and recognizing the power of friendship.

Book # 2 Middle Grade Fantasy


Bryx is a Dairne, a doglike species who are known for their ability to recognize when someone is lying. When the rest of her pack is hunted and killed, and their extinction is "mourned" by man and the other species, Bryx realizes that she is now an Endling. And the men who wanted her tribe wiped off the planet, now want to capture her and use her for her ability to tell a truth from a lie. Aided by an unlikely band of adventures, Bryx must search for more of her kind while trying not to be captured or killed. An exciting adventure. I'm looking forward to the next one.


Book #3: Middle Grade Sports Novel in Verse


Charlie Bell feels like life will never be the same after the death of his father. He fights with his mother all the time and can't seem to care about anything except his two best friends, Slim and CJ. In a desperate attempt to help Charlie move forward, his mother sends him to live with his grandparents for the summer. There Charlie finds basketball and learns to appreciate what he still has. Fans of The Crossover will love this prequel. And if you haven't discovered Kwame Alexander's novel in verse books yet, what are you waiting for?

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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. 

It's Monday, what are you reading?